Sarah K. Harding

  • Associate Professor of Law Emeritus

Professor Harding's research focuses primarily on property related issues, in particular the social and cultural significance of property and the protection of cultural resources. Her work tends to be both comparative and interdisciplinary. Professor Harding also writes in the area of comparative constitutional law and has presented her work in this area at a series of international conferences. She was a Research Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in 2002–03 and was a Norman and Edna Freehling Fellow at Chicago-Kent from 2003 to 2005.

Professor Harding has been on the Chicago-Kent faculty since 1995. She teaches a range of classes, including property, cultural heritage law, comparative law, and comparative constitutional law. In addition, she taught a legal theory class for many years. From 2008 to 2014, she was the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. Professor Harding has a B.A. from McGill University and holds law degrees from Dalhousie, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar) and Yale.


LL.M., Yale Law School
B.C.L., Oxford University
LL.B., Dalhousie Law School
B.A., McGill University



The Role of Cultural Heritage Roundtable: Intangible Cultural Heritage, in Tutela & Restauro, Proceedings from The Italian Law of Cultural Heritage: A Dialogue with the United States, (forthcoming 2023).

Globalization and the Paradox of Cultural Heritage Law, Annuario di Diritto Comparato e di Studi Legislativi (2018)

Courts in Context, Proceedings from The New Role of Supreme Courts in the Political and Institutional Context: A Comparative Approach Annuario di Diritto Comparatto e di Studi Legislativi (2012)

The Supreme Court of Canada, Annuario di Diritto Comparatto e di Studi Legislativi (2011)

Perpetual Property, 61 Florida Law Review 285 (2009).

Kramer's Popular Constitutionalism: A Quick Normative Assessment, 81 Chicago-Kent Law Review 1117 (2006).

Comparative Reasoning and Judicial Review, 28 Yale Journal of International Law 409 (2003).

Value, Obligation and Cultural Heritage, 31 Arizona State Law Journal 291 (1999).

Justifying Repatriation of Native American Cultural Property, 72 Indiana Law Journal 723 (1997).

Book Chapters

“Collegiality” in Comparative Context, in Dialogues on Italian constitutional justice : a comparative perspective (Routledge 2021)

Contemporary ICH and the Right to Exclude, in Research Handbook on Contemporary Intangible Cultural Heritage: Law and Heritage (Edward Elgar 2018)

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Arts and Entertainment; Comparative and Foreign Law; Cultural Heritage; Property